The Fashion and Textile Museum in London has created a new exhibition that looks at the important role British couture has played in dressing key members of the royal family.
Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment is a retrospective look back at the work of Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Frederick Fox and how they designed a number of key outfits for the Queen.
The Queen’s wedding dress and her Coronation outfit were both designed by Hartnell and Aimes created many of the monarch’s more formal suits, while Fox was behind many of the hats worn by royal family members.
Other items in the exhibition, which is ideal for fashion fans staying in central London hotels, look at the current British designer industry as well as the use of dressmaking and tailoring techniques used to create couture pieces.
Celia Joicey, head of the Fashion and Textile Museum, said: “In the Jubilee year, we are delighted this exhibition celebrates the important role the Royal Family play in promoting British fashion: we hope it will introduce the work of Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Frederick Fox and their contemporaries to a new generation.”
Michael Pick, guest curator of the new show added: “The consummate skills of Hartnell, Amies and Fox in dressmaking, tailoring and millinery – seen worldwide through the patronage of the Royal Family – helped to re-assert Britain’s reputation as an international centre for fashion after the Second World War.”
The museum is close to London Bridge mainline and London Underground station and entry to the new exhibition costs £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and children under 12 are free of charge.